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Self-Heating Beef Dish Blamed for Carbon Monoxide Scare at Rhode Island Boarding School

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    Self-Heating Beef Dish Blamed for Carbon Monoxide Scare at Rhode Island Boarding School
    FILE: Carbon monoxide detector.

    A self-heating beef dinner from China is being blamed for a carbon monoxide scare at a Rhode Island boarding school.

    The Barrington Fire Department says they responded to St. Andrews School around 6 p.m. Thursday after a carbon monoxide alarm went off.

    Students were evacuated, and the source was traced to a single dorm room. Investigators couldn't figure out what caused it, since there were no gas or wood-burning elements in the building.

    Then, the student mentioned his dinner: a beef "hotpot" his parents sent him from China, which included a self-heating packet to warm up the meal.

    Fire Capt. Scott Carroll says a carbon monoxide meter registered extremely high levels of the gas when placed near the dish.

    Carroll says the building was ventilated, and no students got sick.

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